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obama's administration is stepping down. lisa jackson, head of the veermtal protection agency. jackson answers tenure includes mat matches. they've praised the effort with families close. >>> the late senator daniel inouye's successor will be sworn in today. hawaii's lieutenant governor flew to washington with president obama earlier today. he was chosen for the position by neal abercrombie despite inouye's choice that colleen take his seat. he's just 40 years old. >>> and russian president vladimir putin says he will sign a law banning adoptions of russian children by american citizens. putin has indicated he is, quote, retaliating against an american law that punishes russians accused of human rights violations. the state department says it is deeply troubled by provisions in the russian bill. >>> if senate seats could be won by persistence alone, scott brown might just take the prize. he lost in a marathon of a battle against elizabeth warren just last month. now, scott brown may be gearing up for his third election in just as many years, something that he alluded to in his senate f
me for a look back at the presidential highs and lows of 2012, usa today's david jackson. good afternoon, rather, how are you? >> good afternoon, luke, thanks for having me. >> so what do you say are some of the biggest moments of the year? i would say supporting same-sex marriage was certainly very significant, the immigration executive order he signed, which were two politically expedient, albeit controversial issues, that he took head on. >> that's right, we just saw one of the most famous moments was the gay marriage declaration, which was kind of an accident, if you recall. vice president biden went on a sunday show and expressed his support and the white house felt increased pressure and decided to move up president obama's own announcement to a few days after. the rollout wasn't what the white house wanted but something they'd been thinking about for a long time. the immigration issue, presidents who face opposition in congress often resort to executive actions. obama even had a program for it called "we can't wait." the most famous "we can't wait" provision was on immig
the environmental protection agency, the lisa jackson is leaving at the administrator. >> right. >> that's an agency that probably needs a very, you know, strong leader to pursue its mission because it's so politically controversial. >> lastly, you think that it shouldn't be in president obama's interest to move forward of controversial nominees because, say, waste of political capital? >> well, i think that's probably the case. i wrote that about susan rice because there was another candidate, john kerry, who seemed to be e calorie qualified if not more so and would be a good secretary of state. now, being a senator doesn't always mean easy confirmation as we're seeing with the chuck hagel potential nomination. >> that's what happens when you're not a democrat or a republican enough. jill lawrence, "national journal," thank you for joining us. we appreciate it. >>> what political story makes headlines in next 24 hours? but first, our amr moment. sir elton john calls for an end to the stigma attached to aids and hiv. >> the scene has changed. the prospects are great. we have this disease by the scuf
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